Fifth Anniversary Perspectives

With the arrival of September 13th comes the fifth anniversary of Elaine’s horrendous accident. During the day before that evening’s tragedy, Elaine had enjoyed a good time with friends along with precious visiting time with our mom. Around 7 pm on her way alone to pick up dinner that night, a drunk driver suddenly rammed into Elaine’s van leaving her a quadriplegic.  The months and years that followed ushered forth surgery, rehabilitation efforts, and many spiritual questions; coupled with much physical and emotional suffering as described in my book.

Now we have come to the five-year mark, and many obstacles have continued to plague us this past year: the very unexpected, sudden death of our mom; Elaine’s declining health and outlook, people, including relatives, bringing additional pain into our lives and more. In truth, it certainly cannot be said all has been neatly resolved these past five years. In some regards, circumstances have worsened.

In the midst of trouble, God has been strengthening my faith through the challenges. Most recently, my wife and I have been reading a book about and meditating on Psalm 91. In it Yahweh promises care and protection for His covenant children. Despite hardships, He is here to guide, direct, protect and love us. The promised troubles in this world that Yeshua spoke about must not overcome us. Trying circumstances lead His true followers into a more intimate relationship of running into His arms, not adamantly resisting His grace and love.

Are you overwhelmed? Please focus upon the biblical promises. If you are still breathing, your story is not yet over. Cry out to Him, get clean before Him and claim His promises.

As a minister told me years ago about unpleasant situations, “This too shall pass.” Believers around the globe are being refined in the fire of afflictions. In these afflictions, we truly must identify and reflect the image of Christ. Only our entrance into eternity with the Father will set our woes aright. Regardless of the pain of circumstances, we must get things spiritually right for our Redeemer cometh.

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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